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SA-96-2009
June 24, 2009


TO: CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (also of interest to Security Officer)
SUBJECT: Counterfeit Cashier's Checks
Summary: Counterfeit cashier's checks bearing the name Security Federal Bank, Aiken, South Carolina, are reportedly in circulation.

Security Federal Bank, Aiken, South Carolina, has contacted the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) to report that three versions of counterfeit cashier's checks bearing the institution's name are in circulation. The counterfeit items display the routing number 253271822, which is assigned to Security Federal Bank.

The first version of counterfeit items displays an ornate design along the top and side borders. The words "CASHIER'S CHECK" appear inside a rectangular box embedded within the top border.

The second version of counterfeit items is similar to authentic cashier's checks; however, the items display a dark solid border along the top embedded with a security feature statement. The words "CASHIER'S CHECK" appear in the top center.

The third version of counterfeit items displays thinner ornate top and side borders. The top border contains a security feature.

Authentic cashier's checks display a light green or light blue background. The banks name, logo and address are displayed in the top-left corner. The words "CASHIER'S CHECK" and indemnification requirements for lost, stolen or misplaced checks are displayed in the lower-left corner.

Copies of two of the counterfeit items and an authentic check (VOID) are attached for your review. Be aware that the appearance of counterfeit items can be modified and that additional variations may be presented.

Any information you have concerning this matter should be brought to the attention of:

Jessica M. Glover
Compliance Officer
Security Federal Bank
P.O. Box 810
238 Richland Avenue West
Aiken, South Carolina 29802
Telephone: (803) 641-4470
Fax: (803) 641-4495
E-mail: jglover@securityfederalbank.com

Information about counterfeit items, cyber-fraud incidents and other fraudulent activity may be forwarded to the FDIC's Cyber-Fraud and Financial Crimes Section, 550 17th Street, N.W., Room F-4004, Washington, D.C. 20429, or transmitted electronically to alert@fdic.gov. Questions related to federal deposit insurance or consumer issues should be submitted to the FDIC using an online form that can be accessed at http://www2.fdic.gov/starsmail/index.asp.

For your reference, FDIC Special Alerts may be accessed from the FDIC's website at www.fdic.gov/news/news/SpecialAlert/2009/index.html. To learn how to automatically receive FDIC Special Alerts through e-mail, please visit www.fdic.gov/about/subscriptions/index.html.

Sandra L. Thompson
Director
Division of Supervision and Consumer Protection

Attachment (not available electronically)

NOTE: As a security precaution, the FDIC does not post to its Web site electronic images of fraudulent items or authentic checks that have been counterfeited. This is to avoid attempts by others to use these instruments to facilitate additional fraud. Financial institutions can view images of the fraudulent items and authentic checks (marked as VOID) using the FDIC's free, secure Web site, FDICconnect. (See more information about FDICconnect at http://www.fdic.gov/news/news/financial/2006/fil06032.html.) Printed copies of each Special Alert and its attachment(s) may also be obtained from the FDIC's Public Information Center (telephone: 1-877-275-3342 or 703-562-2200; fax: 703-562-2296; or e-mail: publicinfo@fdic.gov).

Distribution: FDIC-Supervised Banks (Commercial and Savings)




Last Updated 6/24/2009 communications@fdic.gov